Courses and Certifications

Cost: $39

Modules: 5

CPE Credit Hours: 12

Enrollment includes:

  • Free, one-year TCEA membership for each participant ($49 value)
  • TCEA digital badge
  • TCEA certificate sent via email upon course completion

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Data Guardian

The purpose of this course is to expand your comfort zone and broaden your knowledge of the tools available around safeguarding sensitive information. You will learn about why it is important to secure data, how to encrypt it, how to protect your passwords, and the best ways to secure your data and device(s) as well as what you put in the cloud. You will also explore built-in protections in software you use every day and how to back up your device’s content. This course provides the basics you need as a technology professional, as well as those needed to ensure the safe transmission of files and data across the web.

Why Learn with TCEA?

  • Our courses are streamlined for efficient and lasting learning.
  • We include training simulations that replicate the scenarios you will experience on the exam and present detailed information about what you will need to prepare for your GCT application.
  • We also offer ideas and techniques based on years of experience in professional development, integrating educator feedback to always meet the needs of course participants.

Self-Paced Online Course

Data Guardian is a self-paced, online program. Participants can begin anytime and go at their own speed throughout the program.

Upon enrollment, you will receive a program invitation email from TCEA’s learning management system (Instructure’s Canvas) that will give you access to the self-paced course. Within the course, you will find modules that must be moved through in sequential order. The modules can be found below.

Course Modules

Module Title Description
Module 1 Safeguard Your Data In this module, you will learn important vocabulary and be able to explain how and why data breaches occur. What’s more, you will see examples of policies and procedures for safeguarding sensitive data and explore how others handle personally identifiable information (PII) and HIPPA data. You will learn about Texas's version of Safe Harbor, NIST and MITRE frameworks, and how encrypting data is a big first step in protecting yourself and your organization.
Module 2 Encrypt Your Data In this module, you will explore when you should encrypt your data and free and open source encryption (e.g. AES-256) tools. You will also learn how to encrypt and decrypt text, files, and folders. And finally, you will discover how to create encrypted data containers to house sensitive data, no matter where you might back up your data.
Module 3 Protect Your Data In this module, you will learn how to create and store a secure password, as well as protect your device against malware. Discover more about firewalls for Windows and Macintosh devices and the value of multi-factor authentication. Maintaining the integrity of your data through storage defragmentation and registry maintenance is also presented.
Module 4 Secure the Cloud In this module, you will learn about cloud-based storage scanning solutions. These solutions, which some districts employ, scour cloud storage areas (e.g. Google Workspace and MS 365 OneDrive) to find leaked confidential information. This module also introduces you to fake phishing attacks and cloud encryption tools (free and for pay) to safeguard your content. You will also learn how to create encrypted conduits that protect you when you are mobile at the coffee shop or in a packet-sniffing friendly environment.
Module 5 Know Your Tools In this module, explore how you can use built-in encryption protocols and tools to safeguard data even when you have no other resources available. You will also learn some additional ways to secure your device with full disk encryption, as well as recover your password on Windows and Mac computers.
TCEA has made this course detailed and easy to follow. It is great to take this course at your own pace because it gives you the time to go back and re-read and connect all the information. The videos in the modules are also set up in a manner that allows you to replay . This helps when considering the activities for the final assessment. Thank you!